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February 19, 2004

Opportunity knocks, and Dion answers

Until now, Céline Dion has been taking baby steps with her charitable involvement in Las Vegas.

No more. Diva Las Vegas announced Tuesday that on Easter she is turning over proceeds from every seat to her "A New Day ... " show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace to Opportunity Village, a local nonprofit organization serving those with intellectual disabilities.

"Wow. That's all anyone around here can say today," a still-stunned Linda Smith, chief development officer of Opportunity Village, told VegasBeat in a phone conversation after Dion's announcement.

If every ticket is sold, the donation could end up topping $1 million, Smith said.

Dion's spokeswoman Kris Lingle told us that it is not the first, but this was "far and away" the largest donation Dion has made to a Las Vegas charity.

In a statement, Dion said that she and her husband, René Angélil, "have fallen in love with this wonderful organization and the brave individuals it serves."

"Opportunity Village has been working so hard ... helping thousands of adults with disabilities and their families. They deserve international exposure, and I am honored to be able to help them deliver their message on behalf of people with profound disabilities."

Dion is donating the proceeds from 3,700 tickets for the April 11 performance. Caesars Palace is donating the other 400 seats in the room for Opportunity Village to sell as special packages that include a meet-and-greet with Dion.

"We have waited 50 years for something like this to happen to us," Smith said. "Lots of Las Vegas entertainers -- especially Wayne Newton -- have been extraordinarily generous to us, but this is special."

Shoot: Photographer Anne Geddes is shooting pictures in Las Vegas this week of Dion and her son, Rene-Charles, for Geddes' forthcoming book "Miracle" ...

Source:  Las Vegas Sun 

A limited edition 3 track CD single for Céline's latest hit song "Et je t'aime encore" from her French-language album '1 fille & 4 types' will be released in France on Monday, February 23. The single will include "Et je t'aime encore," the instrumental version of the track, as well as the song "Apprends-moi."

Source: Celine Dion.com

February 18, 2004

A new block of tickets for performances of A New Day... from June 16 to June 27 will be available to TeamCeline members during the upcoming pre-sale on Ticketmaster.com. Tickets from the preferred TeamCeline seating area will be on sale on Saturday, February 21 at 10:00 a.m. PT (1:00 p.m. ET).

On Celinesmiles you can download these 4 songs This week's requested songs:
My Way
Dance With My Father
Faith (Original 3 Remix)
It's Hard To Say Goodbye  

On SWEET CELINE THIS WEEK FOR DOWNLOADING

En Concert (Not LP)
01. Overture - 2,45MB - 2:50min
02. Amoureuse - 2,85MB - 3:25min
03. Up Where We Belong - 3,40MB - 3:53min
04. Over The Rainbow - 2,90MB - 3:10min
05. Carmen - 3,70MB - 4:13min
06. Mamy Blue - 2,49MB - 2:51min
07. C'est Pour Toi - 3,07MB - 3:30min
08. What A Feeling - 3,43MB - 3:55min
09. Une Colombe - 2,85MB - 3:15min
10. Hommage A Michel Legrand - 5,30MB - 6:03min

Chants Et Contes de Noël - Contes

Pourquoi Je Crois Encore Au Père Noël - 2,50MB - 5:35min
Céline Et Pinotte - 5,70MB - 6:14min
Le Conte De Karine - 4,62MB - 10:14min

Others

Chatanooga Choo Choo - 2,73MB - 3:08min
Comme Un Coeur Froid (Live) - 3,71MB - 4:14min
Dance With My Father (Grammy Awards 2004) - 3,35MB - 3:02min
Les Chemins De Ma Maison (Album) - 3,86MB - 4:16min
Medley 1985 (Over The Raibow - Somewhere (French) - Cabaret - What I Did For Love) - 6,98MB - 7:50min
Natural Woman (Not available on Falling Into You in North America) - 2,92MB - 3:41min
Céline & Marc Dupré - Sous Le Vent (La Fureur 2002) - 2,29MB - 2:31min
Céline & Pavarotti - I Hate You Then I Love You (Pavarotti & Friends 98) - 4,54MB - 4:59min

 SWEET CELINE

Celine donates money to  "Opportunity Village"

Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion has made a personal donation worth $500,000 to Opportunity Village. Her commitment will include a personal donation of 3,700 seats to her Easter Sunday show on April 11. She and her husband, Rene Angelil, will make a personal donation of $150,000, as well. Caesars will also donate 400 seats to Opportunity Village to solicit sponsorship. All contributions will be used to help build a new $21 million campus for intellectually disabled adults in southwest Las Vegas. ...

www.reviewjournal.com

February 16, 2004

February 16, 2004

Céline and Anne Geddes have started working together on the 'Miracle' project scheduled to be launched next fall. Céline is taking part in a photo shoot this week in Las Vegas and will be in the recording studio next month. 'Miracle' is a unique concept designed to combine the talents of Céline and Anne Geddes. Click here to find out more.

On Célinati we can download 1 video: Dance with my father live at the Grammy's and 1 mp3: Twist and shout Live from Memphis.

Right-Click here to download the audio file of the interview Rene gave today for the Canadian radio. Format: Mp3, Size: 53 MB, Duration: about 1 hour, Quality: High.

RENE TALKS ABOUT CÉLINE< RENÉ-CHARLES AND HIMSELF

 During a radio-interview broadcasted this afternoon (on this morning in the U.S.A. - Canada) on Radio-Canada, René, Céline's manager/husband, talked about his past, present and future.

He described himself in 3 words generous, audacious and pig-headed. He said that people see Céline and René, or René and Céline but there's a separate Céline and a separate René. René talked about his career with 'Les Baronnets' group, he said he doesn't miss it even though he still has great memories

The job of manager bring to him PLEASURE. "In any job, if it doesn't bring your pleasure, then you're not doing the right job". He likes his job because it's a challenge, it's his passion. His idol is Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles.

Just before he met Céline, he was studying to become a lawyer. In an old interview, he said not to mix love and business. Before he met Céline, he said he would never manage a woman again because they are too easily led by love but took a chance with Céline because she was only a girl (not yet a woman).

In the beginning, both him and Céline had a mutual goal: success. Now their mutual goal is René-Charles and the family life. They live a simple life. They don't go out (don't participate in parties like other celebrities). Even though they live in the United States, they are still Quebecers. They watch Quebec TV and news on satellite.

His biggest strategy was at the time of Incognito, when he learned that there was a Sony convention in the city of Quebec, he convinced Sony that Céline would sing even though nobody else was singing. She sang 'Where Does My Heart Beat Now', and a week later, she had a contract for the internationa launch of Unison.

He gets his "gambler" side from his family, especially his grandmother. He used to watch his family play cards all the time when he was little.

When the media say bad things of Céline or make fun of her, it affects him deeply, but fortunately, Céline doesn't know of these things. Host said he was lucky to have defeated cancer. He said he hasn't defeated cancer and never will. Cancer cannot be defeated. But that he is lucky to be healthy at the moment.

René said that Céline's career can't go any higher; they are at the summit. Their priority now is René-Charles and their family life. When they are at home, there is no music, no trophies or awards hanigng on the wall and not talking about show business. They are a happy family like any other family.

February 15, 2004

The Céline Dion '1 fille & 4 types' TV special, hosted by Julie Snyder, will be rebroadcast on TVA on Sunday, February 15 at 9:30 p.m. ET. The show was filmed before a live audience at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas last fall and features several special guests.

The special 'Les plus grandes voix québécoises' featuring Céline Dion and many other well-known Québec artists will be broadcast on TV5 in Europe on Sunday, February 15 at 10:28 p.m. The special was taped in Montréal last December and is hosted by Daniela Lumbroso. Check your local listings for details.

Within Some days Celine Fall will turn its 5th year up and running. Estevam and a real good friend of his, Richard,worked together in order to bring a new site for the fans. They hope you enjoy your stay there. Estevam  would like to ask you please, if you navigate around it and find any bug or any stuff in "Blue", please let him know, and he will do his best to fix it. Here is his emailaddress: webmaster@celinedion.com.br

Singer Elton John made his debut at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on friday night. He also offered a shout out to the lady who usually plays the room. "I want to say thank you to Céline Dion, who is a very classy lady, for the kind messages she has sent me."

28 June 2003

From today we'll start to up-date this website again. I know you have had to miss us for quite a while. But school's done for a while and we can start focusing on Céline full time again!!! We hope you'll enjoy OTWC like you were used to!

Céline will be in New York on July 10 (and maybe longer) to do several promotion activities. We know so thanks to Albert Verlinde from the Dutch television programme "RTL Boulevard" he said he will be interviewing Céline in July in New York, so it's like Céline will be meeting with more members of the international press. Céline will make an appearance at the 'Today Show' on July 10th (to probably sing "Have You Ever Been In Love").

"Voices for Gilda," a compilation of recordings from more than 25 celebrities including Céline Dion, Dan Aykroyd, Tony Bennett, Dana Carvey, Billy Crystal, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Steve Martin, Willie Nelson and Gene Wilder, was launched yesterday to honour legendary entertainer Gilda Radner. Proceeds from sales of the CD will benefit Gilda's Club, an international network of meeting places where people touched by cancer can come together for social and emotional support. The CD, which retails for $25.00 is available exclusively at Amazon.com. The song that Céline putting on this album is "To Love You More". Céline and René had to deal with cancer themselves in 1999 when René got cancer. René is now in perfect health and if everything goes well, René will be declared in official remission next year, five years after.

12 January 2003

This is the cover of Céline's new single "I Drove All Night" it's the first single from Céline's forthcoming album "One Heart" that will be released on March 24 internationally and March 25th in North America.

11 January 2003

Céline will perform "God Bless America" to open the Super Bowl 2003

25 October 2002

Check out this amazing picture of Céline with a two-weeks-old RC!!!!! You can find the picture in the new book of Anne Geddes. It's called "Pure".

21 October 2002

The title of Céline's show in Las Vegas will be "A New Day..." that was announced today on the press conference Céline gave in La Louvière Belgium.

20 October 2002

Céline recorded another soundtrack for a movie. The song is called "I Have To Dream" for the movie "Children On Their Birthdays". The movie is out now in select theaters throughout the USA.

15 October 2002

A British rock band, Muse, is threatening to sue Celine and her management for breaking the trade mark rule by using the word "Muse" for her Vegas concert's title. The band legally own the US performing rights to that name, which means no other musical show, product, artist or group can be called Muse. Celine's management offered the rock band to buy the rights for $50,000 USD, but the offer was rejected by the band. Then Céline's management sent a second letter telling the band "Our client will proceed without the proposed settlement and will use the mark Celine Dion Muse for its shows and related goods and services."

14 October 2002

According to Sony Music in The Netherlands there will soon be released a limited edition of "A New Day Has Come". This album will contain a bonus disc with two new unreleased songs "Coulda Shoulda Woulda" and "Because Of You", the video of "I'm Alive"and an exclusive Las Vegas Preview with images of the rehearsals of the show that Céline will start in Las Vegas in 2003. In Holland the single for "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" will be released in early November as well.

1 October 2002

According to celinedion.com the song "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" has been selected as Céline's third single from the album 'A New Day Has Come.' Written and produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange and featuring backing vocals by his wife Shania Twain, this touching ballad speaks of the unconditional love between a mother and a child. Radio stations around the world will soon be adding this great song to their playlist! A video for the song will be shot in Europe in mid-October.

Céline attended the prémière of "Cindy" yesterday in Paris. "Cindy" is the new musical of Luc Plamondon and Romeo and is an adaptation of the fairytale of 'Cinderella'.

29 September 2002

Sony will release a CD/DVD box of 'Divas Las Vegas 2002' on 21st October in Europe.

27 September 2002

Céline revealed her star on the Montréal Walk Of Fame yesterday in presence of family, friends and fans. René-charles, 20 months old now, was there to to hand his mommy flowers.

25 September 2002

Renowned fashion photographers Mert and Marcus have signed on to work with Céline Dion for the advertising campaign on her new fragrance. This talented team has done striking campaigns for high fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Missoni.

22 September 2002

Céline's album 'A New Day Has Come'has been certified five times platinum in Canada. Since the release of the album on March 26th 500.000 copies have been sold.

19 September 2002

Quebec's annual ADISQ Awards will be held on October 27th and Celine is nominated four times:

1) Quebec artist that has a success in a language other than French
2) Popular song of the year (for Sous Le Vent)
3) Video of the year (for Sous le Vent)
4) Best Music TV special of the year (for La Fureur-Special Celine Dion)

13 September 2002

Parody of Pop Diva Celine Dion Pulled Off Air

QUEBEC CITY (Reuters) - Canadian pop diva Celine Dion doesn't like mockery, or maybe it's her husband and manager Rene Angelil.

Angelil sent a notice of claim to a popular Montreal-based radio station, demanding it stop playing a parody of Dion's song "I'm Alive," in which the singer is called, among other things, "annoying."

The radio station claims it was only trying to be funny, but Angelil didn't laugh at the joke.

"They took off her voice and invented vulgar lyrics. It's unacceptable," he told reporters on Thursday, stressing that copyright law prevented such unauthorized use of a recording. The Dion parody was withdrawn on Thursday.

Angelil also pressured the Radio Energie network, which operates the Montreal station and eight others across the province of Quebec, not to run any Dion songs in the future.

Montreal-born Dion, who has sold more than 100 million albums around the world, is best known for the theme song of the blockbuster movie "Titanic."

11 September 2002

S'il suffisait qu'on s'aime, s'il suffisait d'aimer
Si l'on changeait les choses un peu, rien qu'en aiment donner
S'il suffisait qu'on s'aime, s'il suffisait d'aimer
Je ferais de ce monde un rêve, une éternité

In memory of all the people who died in the terroristic attacks on the United States of America on September 11th. Never forgotten.

9 September 2002

Céline begins rehearsing with director Franco Dragone and the entire cast of her show starting in October. She will be based in La Louvière in Belgium, rehearsing a minimum of five days a week for a four to six week period.

7 September 2002

The Canadian Recording Industry Association has certi-fied Celine's new album ANDHC quintuple platinum (500,000 units) for the month of August's certification.

Céline will be having her own bronze star in front of the Montreal Pepsi Forum as the second star of the Celebrities Walk Of Fame, after Maurice Richard. In the late afternoon of Sept 26th, there will be a ceremony with Celine surrounded by friends and family. Other guests will include Quebec's Premier and the mayor of Montreal.

6 September 2002

Céline will spend a few days with Jean-Jacques Goldman in mid-October to record some demos for her next French album. Jean-Jacques is heading up a writing/production team of a few of the top songwriters/producers in France. Céline will record the album in France, later this year. It is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2003.

4 September 2002

Happy 23rd Birthday Bas!!!!

Before she settles in La Louvière, Belgium to begin rehearsals for the upcoming show with director Franco Dragone, Céline is scheduled to make stops in Italy, Great Britain, France, Denmark and Spain during a promotional tour this October. Fans can look forward to several new television appearances in Europe this fall. Celinedion.com will keep you posted!

1 September 2002

We found this interview on Parenting.com

PARENTING.COM: In January 2000, you took a self-imposed break from your professional life to concentrate on your personal life. Your newest release is called A New Day Has Come — after more than two years away, is this the beginning of a new "day?"

Celine: Yes, this is a new day for me. It marks my return with a new album, and I'm very excited about it. I feel like it took a lot more of my heart and soul…I had a lot of things to sing about. But also, for René and I, a new day really represents our son, René-Charles. We gave life, and when you give life to a child, it changes you for the rest of your life. I enjoy life and being with my husband and son.

PARENTING.COM: In addition to your new album, you've come roaring back with a three-year, engagement at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The show — a mixture of song, performance art, and art technology — sounds like quite a unique undertaking. Can you tell us more?

Celine: Yes, this show is going to be different from anything I've done before. I'm working with Franco Dragone, who is creating a beautiful visual show — something you can't take on the road with you. It's too big and impossible to travel with, so I'm going to be at Caesars Palace, where they are building a 4000-seat theatre. The show will be spectacular — with 70 performers on stage with me! I will be performing a 90-minute show, 5 nights a week. I'll sing songs from my new album, and some older songs as well, but it will be a visual show, like theatre. It will be something new for me, and I can't wait.

PARENTING.COM: You've been remarkably candid about your longing for a child, the struggle with conception, and your husband René Angélil's battle with cancer. How have you maintained balance in your life with so much living in the public eye?

Celine: The last two years I was able to take some time off, and do the things I love. My time off has been special. René and I played golf, visited friends and family, and had a miracle baby. I was able to have a normal life. I would wear my pajamas until 2 in the afternoon, make my own coffee and toast, go shopping…normal stuff. To be honest with you, my life is much more peaceful and relaxed now.

PARENTING.COM: As science advances, and sperm and egg manipulation gets increasingly sophisticated, there are more and more ways to boost fertility rates so couples can have those "miracle babies." What were some of the things that surprised you about your experience with intracytoplasmic sperm injections?

Celine: I was surprised that it happened after only one try. I know that a lot of couples go through tests and in vitro. It's a long process that involves a lot of patience. René and I decided to do this at the beginning of my break. We had a doctor in Florida, and one in Montreal, and also some specialists in New York. We were very lucky that it happened the first time. Today, we have our little miracle child. I definitely plan to have another child when the time is right.

PARENTING.COM: Music is obviously an activity that can bring families close together, especially in large families. Can you tell us about some of your memories, growing up, with 13 brothers and sisters?

Celine: I came from a big family, and grew up in a little house, sleeping three or four people in one bed. I have memories of us making fires outside, roasting marshmallows, and singing folk music. I was incredibly lucky to grow up in a home that was filled with music. We were not rich, but we loved each other, and had our music. There would always be music playing! I remember climbing on the kitchen table, and singing like I was on stage. My mom played the violin; my father the accordion; Jacques played the guitar; Clement was on the drums; Daniel played the accordion-piano; Denise, Claudette and Ghislaine sang.

PARENTING.COM: And how will you bring music into your son René-Charles' life?

Celine: René-Charles will always have music around him because I'll be doing my shows, and he will always be with me. It doesn't matter to me if he goes into show business or not. If he wants, he can be a garbage man, a fireman, a lawyer, a father — I just want him to be a good human being. I want him to be generous, caring, and to have a good heart.

PARENTING.COM: First-time motherhood is a time of joy and tremendous emotions — what has been unexpected in this new phase of your life?

Celine: I feel important to him — I'm there for his first steps, his first words, his first nightmare, his first "Mommy, I need you." I wake up and eat Cheerios with my son — there's nothing better than that! But being a mom is also a difficult job. You know, René-Charles is walking — no, he's running now! In a few years he'll go to school, then have girlfriends, and then he'll want to marry. As time goes by, your child needs you less and less, and that's a terribly sad thing for a mother. Everyday is unexpected, but every moment with René-Charles is so precious.

PARENTING.COM, August 2002

23 August 2002

Dion's Fla. home listed for $20M US

Source Jam!

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Superstar Celine Dion is selling her home along the Intercoastal Waterway for her move to Las Vegas.

For $20 million US, the buyer gets just about everything in the 1,400-square-metre, custom home -- including the furnishings, the art on the walls and the pricey vintages in the wine room.

It also includes a rooftop terrace with misting sprays of water to cool the summer sun and a fireplace to chase the chill of winter.

Plus there's a soundproof master bedroom in case the buyer wants to sing as powerfully as the present owner.

"You could close on the house today and throw a dinner party tomorrow," said Rob Thomson of Waterfront Properties & Club Communities in Jupiter. "Even her household staff is willing to stay."

Dion, 34, bought the waterfront lot in November 1996 for $625,000 and built a Mediterranean-style home with "an old-style European flavour," Thomson said.

The diva from Quebec is moving to a reported $100 million, three-year engagement at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Her first show is set for March.

Dion, who proved a gracious subject for people wanting to snap her picture while she shopped on Palm Beach's swank Worth Avenue, gave Palm Beach County recognition by featuring Jupiter's DuBois Park in the music video for her latest album. And in May she taped a Memorial Day special in Fort Lauderdale aboard the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman.

22 August 2002

To see some photographs of our WONDERFUL trip to Canada go here.

Lots of news today :) Céline is in the current issue of the Hello magazine. "Céline Dion: Céline reveals why she longs to give up her career and stay at home." Well we hope she won't stay at home, we secretly hope that René-Charles and his future little brother or sister will keep sharing their mom with us :)

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) will host its annual “Awards of Excellence” gala at the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place in Chicago on Saturday, September 14th. The black-tie event will feature a silent auction, reception and performances by leading artists including international megastar Celine Dion, renowned Latin singing sensation Enrique Iglesias, Grammy-award winning composer, producer and musician David Foster, up-and-coming musical artist Josh Groban, R&B/gospel singer Nita Whitaker, and pop idol Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys. An original song written and composed by David Foster will debut in honor of “McDonald’s World Children’s Day,” taking place November 20, 2002. The 2002 Award of Excellence will be presented to two outstanding individuals who made a significant contribution to improve the lives of children. In addition to the Award, each will receive $100,000 to be donated to the cause of their choice.

20 August 2002

According to celinedion.com Céline's currently working on her new French album with several well-known songwriters/producers. We sure can't wait!

On Taiwan's Sony Music Site, they have an article that talks about "I'm Alive" being the theme song of "Stuart Little 2". The article says Celine is very happy to be able to have the song in this movie, because the love and support from the parents of Stuart in the movie, and the strong loving relationship within the family reminds her of her own big family. Inside the movie, the father of Stuart told Stuart that what you are losing right now, may end up being a gain/a good thing at the end. And Celine said that's exactly what her father had often told her in the past too. That's why she enjoyed the movie so much. At the end of the article, it says that ANDHC has now sold 9 million copies around the world since its release in March.

16 August 2002

You can now download the full version of "What More Can I Give" on www.celinesworld.de. Thank you Patricia!

In The Netherlands, "I'm Alive" is the new single that enters at the highest position in the 'Mega Top 100' at #32. In the Dutch 'Wanadoo Top 40' Céline enters at #38.

14 August 2002

We added a great new feature to our website: the Collectors-section. In this section you can find a comprehensive list of all the Céline Dion releases from the past 20 something years. You'll find the titel, the format, recordcompany, the containings, the release number and the country of origin. It's ofcourse never complete so we keep updating this list regularly. For now we've Version 1 ready for you, this list already has hundreds of items, enjoy!

We're BACK!!!! We had a GRRRRRRREAT time and the photographes are on the way, so you will be informed of all our adventures in Canada in a few days! Below we've the often requested tracklist of the "Céline in Amsterdam" concert.

Tracklist: Céline Live in Amsterdam (June 14, 1999)

1. Let's Talk About Love
2. Declaration Of Love
3. Because You Loved Me
4. Monologue
5. The Reason
6. It's All Coming Back To Me Now
7. To Love You More (with Taro Hakase)
8. Treat Her Like A Lady
9. Tell Him
10. Think Twice
11. S'Il Suffisait D'Aimer
12. Pour Que Tu M'Aimes Encore
13. I'm Your Angel (with Barnev Valsaint)
14. Power Of Love
15. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
16. Because
17. Tears In Heaven
18. All The Way
19. Love Can Move Mountains
20. Saturday Night Fever
21. You Should Be Dancing
22. Immortality

9 August 2002

TV Moments On MuchMoreMusic

Céline fans, keep your TV set locked on MuchMoreMusic on Wednesday, August 21. At 7:00 p.m. ET you can watch MMM Profile: Céline Dion, featuring interview clips and videos. Then at 9:00 p.m. ET, catch the new TV Moments: Céline Dion, featuring television footage of the singer from the beginning of her career up to today. Both shows will be rebroadcast the following day at various times. Check your local listings for details.

3 August 2002

Single Sets Record On Billboard AC Chart

"A New Day Has Come" currently holds the all-time record for the longest run at Number 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. The song has held this position for 20 consecutive weeks! The all time-record had been previously set by another Céline song, "Because You Loved Me" (1996), and Phil Collins' "You'll Be In My Heart" (1999).